Green Man Gaming now sells Xbox Play Anywhere game codes

Green Man Gaming, a popular online shop for buying PC game codes, has announced it has started selling Xbox Play Anywhere codes. Starting with Halo Wars 2, Green Man Gaming will offer (opens in new tab) an alternative spot for picking up Xbox Play Anywhere game codes that you can then redeem for the full game on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC.

If you're unfamiliar with Green Man Gaming, it's grown in popularity as a storefront for buying PC game codes online in a similar manner to Steam. Like Steam, Green Man Gaming often offers up some pretty significant discounts on popular games, making it worth keeping an eye on.

Right now, Halo Wars 2 is the only Xbox Play Anywhere title being offered on the store, but it's significant to see this emerge as a route around the Windows Store. We expect more Play Anywhere title to hit the store in the future, but for now you can check out the Halo Wars 2 listing at Green Man Gaming, where it's currently going for $49.99.

See Halo Wars 2 at Green Man Gaming (opens in new tab)

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

24 Comments
  • Just checked CDkeys in the UK who are also discounting Halo Wars 2 as a Play Anywhere title
  • Awesome!! Hopefully the heavy discounts' we see from them will also carry over 😀. And if they do then maybe MS will start marking their store offerings as well to compete.
  • Won't these just be from people that bought the Console bundle and didn't want the game?
  • No, that's not how it works.
  • It works that way too but not in this case. Judging by the article they have knowledge that this is a listing for play anywhere titles.
    What you are talking about is what they do, mostly in scam sites, like g2a etc. Or other sites that allow others to resell. The article implies that Greenman will resell legitimate and legitimately ( matters to point that out ) acquired keys.
  • Always good to see this. Steam games are much cheaper because of how many sites sell codes at discounted prices. Hope to see this kind of thing spread. Cdkeys also sell some of these
  • Always good to see this. Steam games are much cheaper because of how many sites sell codes at discounted prices. Hope to see this kind of thing spread. Cdkeys also sell some of these
  • Always good to see this. Steam games are much cheaper because of how many sites sell codes at discounted prices. Hope to see this kind of thing spread. Cdkeys also sell some of these
  • Sorry, triple post this time. Wish the app disabled the send button to indicate it was working on it - will feed this back for a future update
  • It's not your fault. We and they, have to deal with it till they fix it. And that worthless video player in the articles that uses about an inch of the screen. Worse thing ever witness in an app.
  • Sorry, triple post this time. Wish the app disabled the send button to indicate it was working on it - will feed this back for a future update
  • No surprise as we already knew that Halo Wars 2 would be the first and only xbox play anywhere game so far that got a retail pc release. That's why keyshops can sell those keys for it and that's why its the only game available.
  • wasn't the retail pc release canceled?
  • Yes, but only in the US. Those keyshops get their retailcopys from other markets anyway. From Russia, China or European countries, wherever they get them for the lowest price.
  • Excellent, this was the main issue I had with Play Anywhere; its games were restricted to the Windows Store. Now proper discounts can be had on Play Anywhere games.
  • I haven't bought a game yet from the Windows Store eventhough I am very interested in some of the games and Play Anywhere feature, for a couple of reasons: 1. They're a little bit more expensive than what you can get on Steam. Although stuff like 3rd party reseller should provide better alternative now, is Microsoft working on apps/games pricing structure in the Store based on countries? 2. Install location. Can I install each game to any directory I want easily or does the games go where other non-game application goes? 3. Game updates. I've heard that any update requires downloading the entire game again which is a huge drawback. Is this still true?  
  • 1. Not sure.
    2. Yes, you can choose an install drive, but not a specific folder. You can also move games in Settings / Apps and Features.
    3. No, updates are smaller. Halo 5: Forge is 31 GB, but the last about was about 6 GB.
  • 2. Does the prompt to choose an install drive only come up for games (cause I don't see them when installing other applications)? 3. Thanks. It's nice to know that at least updates won't require full download size of the game.  
  • 1. Yes, you can set a price for all countries, per country. a mix, do promotions, etc. 2. AFAIK, it's managed by the global setting "Where to install apps". Still, I heard it now prompts you to choose an install location for big games. 3. I'm certain it's coming for Creators Update. They explained that at the Dev Day conference. I only got ReCore from the Store, and installed it to my C: drive, so not a lot of experience yet there. I guess there might be articles about this here.
  • 1. So the pricing are all on the publisher's side then? Good to know. 3. Thanks. At least they're aware of it and are trying to improve. The game that I'm really interested in is ReCore. I hope the game gets a significant price reduction by the time the Creators Update is released.
  • I got it for 20€ in November during a sale. The only downside is my laptop isn't powerful enough to play it at decent settings. It's playable, but on my brother's desktop is like a different game (720p/low/30fps vs 1080p/high/60fps). I highly recommend using an Xbox Controller, keyboard controls are horrible.
  • 1.) I hope MS makes their Win10 pricing more competitive 2.) You can definitely install to a drive of your choice.   I haven't seen the option to install to a specific folder. At least not from the store, maybe via registry or hack? 3,) Not true.  Game updates only download the differential bits and not the entire game.
  • nice ill take a look  
  • Also on CD Keys too. Some good savings there.